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How Bullying Changes the Brain and Makes Kids More Susceptible to Mental Illness

How Bullying Changes the Brain and Makes Kids More Susceptible to Mental Illness
Kids will be kids, and sometimes this means engaging in distasteful behaviors such as being rude to peers and bullying them. While some adults may chalk this up to normal childhood behavior, or a result of the reptilian brain in action, it's a much more serious issue than anyone thought it was until now.

Depression and Anxiety May Be As Harmful to Physical Health as Obesity and Smoking

Depression and Anxiety May Be As Harmful to Physical Health as Obesity and Smoking
When we think about physical health and the most obvious factors that can jeopardize it, smoking and obesity are oftentimes at the top of the list...

Regular Exposure to Cultural Engagements Reduces Depression Risk Later in Life

Regular Exposure to Cultural Engagements Reduces Depression Risk Later in Life
While depression isn't a natural part of the aging process, 58% of people believe that it is. Read more to learn about a recent research study that found those age 50 and above who regularly engaged in cultural engagements outside of the home had a significantly lower chance of developing depression.

Researching Micronutrients for Treating Mental Health Disorders

Researching Micronutrients for Treating Mental Health Disorders
There's been a considerable amount of talk surrounding the health benefits of taking a micronutrient supplement to help manage symptoms of mental illness. Learn more about the research conducted on the effectiveness of using micronutrient supplements to treat mental illness.

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Overeating

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Overeating
The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of year for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. Depending on the nature of one’s depression or anxiety symptoms, the first thing a person may want to do to self-soothe and alleviate symptoms is to eat. Here are 8 ways to avoid holiday overeating.

Tips for Maintaining Diet and Exercise for Overall Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Diet and exercise to reduce stress
There isn't enough to be said about the importance of eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise for better overall health and wellness. In our busy society today, this can be difficult. Here are some tips for managing a healthy diet and exercise for overall physical and mental wellbeing.

Give the Gift of Mental Clarity this Holiday Season!

Give the Gift of Mental Clarity
As we begin to deck the halls and make the season bright, there are likely those among and around us who do not share such feelings of joy or chee...

Tips for Coping with Depression and Sadness During the Holidays

holiday depression
There are numerous reasons as to why the holidays can be difficult. Regardless of the reasons, 64% of people who suffer from mental illness say their stress and symptoms are increased during the holidays. The silver lining is that there are ways to manage these feelings and cope.

Cultivating a Mindset of Gratitude

Create mindset of gratitude to reduce depression
As we make plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends next week, there's no greater time to begin working on making a list of the things we're thankful for in our lives. This simple act can help improve our overall mental health. Here are some fun ways to begin cultivating a mindset of gratitude.

Schools Struggle to Cope As Childhood Anxiety Rises Across the US

Childhood School Anxiety
One out of eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder. While many will outgrow this with age, 41% will have lingering issues. As children age into young adults, anxiety becomes more prevalent with  25% of teens age 13-18 suffering from a form of mild to moderate anxiety. This leaves schools with much to overcome as they try to address the growing mental health needs of their students across the country.

10 Daily Habits for Improved Mental Health

Habits to improve mental health
With one in four Americans suffering from at least one mental health disorder in a given year, the need for mental health awareness and education is real. Managing good mental health may seem like an impossible feat, but by implementing these 10 daily habits into your life you'll be well on your way to experiencing more smiles than frowns and everything else in between.

10 Natural Ways To Keep Your Anxiety Under Control

Keep anxiety under control naturally
There's no doubt anxiety can be excruciating to face, and when a person has an anxiety disorder, it can make them feel constantly on edge. Anxiety can be so severe that it paralyzes you to the point that you can't even leave your home. Read more to learn how to manage anxiety naturally.